Service robots are increasingly entering factories, hospitals, public buildings, dangerous and hazardous areas, oceans, space, cow barns, fields, etc.
The new IFR WorldRobotics 2009 Statistical Report, just released, reports $11 billion service robots and $19 billion industrial robots through 2008. Service robots held their own in 2008 and have a bright future; industrial robots are regrouping into non-industrial areas.
SANTA BARBARA, CA (October 5, 2009) - "By 2015 we will see many robots in and around most companies sweeping, guarding and serving. These new robots will partly be introduced by the industrial robot companies who are broadening their scope and by new and innovative companies being very attractive employers for young engineers and IT specialists" says Arturo Baroncelli, of Comau Robotics, Italy.
Due to the fact that the largest user group of industrial robots - car makers - will not return to high purchase volumes like in the past, robot manufacturers are putting more effort into the handling and green power segments, with a wide range of new applications" said Klaus M. Paulus, from MOTOMAN GmbH, Germany.
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